I’ve been looking hard at local used listings and the various starter kits offered by Real, MacKites, Gong, etc.
I’m 78 kg with experience kiteboarding, wakeboarding, snowboarding, but not foiling. Based on the Outer Banks of NC, so we have plenty of 15-20 mph days, but also plenty of 20-30 mph days depending on season and location.
It seems like the Freedom Foil Boards Beginner Wing package is the best value I can find for a non-inflatable board. $2000 for their Wingnut Board, the Halcyon 1030 Foil, and a Session Wing of choice. The wingnut comes in 65 L, 90 L, 120L. I understand that common knowledge would be to go for the 90L at my weight, but then later people move smaller, so I’m waffling between adding more learning pain with the 65L to extend the time I’ll want to keep the board.
Looking at local used listings, there’s a Cabrinha Code 5’ 75 liters (with a couple repairs) with a Lift 200 V2 for sale for 1700. No Wing included, but there are a couple of beat up Airrush V2 wings 3m, 4m, listed for $500. If I get the FFB kit, I could get a 6M or 5M wing and still supplement with the Airrush wings for a full quiver of wind options.
I can’t find a lot of discussion of the FFB Wingnut Board or Halcyon 1030, but what I did see seemed positive enough, minus the deck grips delaminating a lot. I also like that the progression foils seem to work well with the FFB box placement if I would move into them later, though I might end up needing to swap the whole board any way.
I’ve also toyed with the idea of immediately getting a downwind board and progression foil and trying to learn winging on that to skip all the buying and selling in the middle, but I’m not sure if the pain is worth it.
Anyone have any thoughts on these options or potentially another option I haven’t found? I’m looking for the best value both in terms of startup costs, but also in terms of how long I’ll be able to use / augment the setup before moving on.